I don’t really mention it online, but last year, I started up crocheting mostly because knitting involved buying a thousand different needles just to make a handful of things. I had began knitting and worked tirelessly to knit my brother a scarf last Christmas. Or maybe it was the Christmas before that. I had a knitting magazine full of wonderful things, but all the patterns asked me to get a different needle and all I had were the standard straight needles and little cash, so my grandma suggested I take up crocheting since all I would need is a hook. She gave me her old hook and some yarn, showed me some pointers, and I picked up the rest via YouTube tutorials and never looked back (except this year when I knitted an ear warmer). And I love it to death. I keep thinking of the next project I want to hook.
This year, I crocheted my brother two presents, both Pokemon related. One was a magikarp hat. The other was a gengar plushie.
The gengar plushie pattern I used was this gorgeous pattern from Mia’s Atelier. She has some wonderful geeky/nerdy patterns for free! The only problem was, she has a felt face on her plushie and I wanted to crochet my face. I looked through the comments and she had a suggestion for a mouth, but it needed some tweaking. Actually, there was a lot of tweaking that I needed to do to create the perfect gengar face. Being a novice, I felt unsure of adapting/adjusting patterns, but I think I managed to pull it off. So I thought, why not make a post for anyone else who wants to crochet a gengar face?
Important note on this pattern:
The following adaptions assume that you used the same hooks as suggested in Mia’s Atelier’s pattern: a size 2.5 mm and a size 4 mm. The adaptions are written in US terms.
Adapted from Twinkie-chan’s half-pepperoni pattern
With size 2.5 mm hook and red yarn (I used an acrylic yarn, worsted/afghan weight) ch 4 and sl st and join to first ch to create a loop.
Round 1: Ch 3 (acts as your first hdc), and work 5 hdc in loop. (6)
Round 2: Ch 3 and turn. Work 2 hdc in each hdc across, except last hdc, which only gets 1 hdc. (11)
Break off and leave a long tail.
Adapted from Heart in Flight Crochet oval eye pattern
With a size 2.5 mm hook and black yarn, ch 4.
Row 1: Sc in second ch from hook. Sc in rest. (3)
Row 2: Ch 1 and turn. Inc in first sc, sc, 3 sc. (6)
Break off and leave a long tail. I sewed my pupils on my eyes after I sewed on the eyes to determine the best position for them (didn’t want my gengar to be looking in weird directions!)
Adapted from Crochet Geek crescent shape crochet moon pattern
With a size 4 mm hook and white yarn, ch 20.
Row 1: Sc in second ch from hook. 5 sc. 2 dc in the next 7 sts. 6 sc. (19)
Row 2: Turn and skip the first st. Sc across. (18)
Break off and leave a long tail. This adaption will help give your gengar that impish smile he’s so well known for! Once you’ve determined the perfect location for your gengar’s ghoulish smile and sewed it on, take your black yarn and sew 4 lines vertically along the mouth, making them as evenly spaced as possible. My black yarn was sort of thin for being worsted weight, so I had to go over my lines twice to get the thickness I wanted before moving on to the next tooth line.
And that’s it! I hope this helps you create the perfect gengar you’ve always wanted. ^_^ Happy crocheting everyone!